July 1, 2020

Here are 9 Tips for Dogs and Fireworks:

1. Exercise Your Dog Before the Fireworks Start!

Dogs and Fireworks Comic - 4th of July

Make time in your schedule to give your an extra long workout before the fireworks begin. Tired dogs are calmer and easier to keep quiet.

They will also sleep more deeply, and consequently, will be less likely to be disturbed by the noise outside.

Of course, if it’s really hot outside, take precautions to ensure your dog doesn’t get overheated.

2. Stay Home.

Not everyone can stay at home on the 4th, but your dog’s fear of fireworks can be exacerbated if you aren’t there to provide reassurance that they are safe.

This is especially important if you have a a new dog in the house because you won’t know how it reacts to fireworks.

3. Keep Calm.

Your dog reacts to your nonverbal cues. If you jump or tense up when you hear fireworks because you are anticipating your dog’s fear, you may make its fear worse.

4. Drown Out the Sound.

Something that can provide background noise, like a fan or air conditioner can help. Keep your windows closed during the fireworks as well.

5. Respect Your Dog’s Fear.

Allow your dog to hide if it feels more comfortable in its crate or under a bed. Don’t pull it out or try to force it closer to the fireworks in an attempt to get him used to the sounds.

Just let it stay where it’s comfortable and provide reassurance that it’s safe.

6. Provide a Distraction.

Break out your dog’s favorite treats, play a game, or give it some extra cuddle time. You can occupy it for awhile by filling a KONG with peanut butter or another yummy treat and freezing it.

7. Try the Thundershirt.

The pressure Thundershirt provides has a calming effect on the nervous system.

8. Be Prepared.

Make sure your dog is wearing ID tags with its name, your name, and your phone number. Get your dog microchipped if it doesn’t have oneYou can also license your pooch with the city – if it runs off and is picked up by animal control, they will call to let you know they have your dog. And you won’t have to pay a big fine to get your dog back. 

9. Remove Visual Stimulation.

Keep your curtains closed or blinds. Removing visual stimulation can help calm dogs.

I hope you find these tips helpful.

Have a great holiday, and be sure to keep your dogs safe and calm!

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